Brain-Machine Interfaces Come One Step Closer

The US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to develop a working mind-computer interface, as we’ve written here before. But what uses would such technology have? One possible application would be better, faster, and more accurate vehicle control. Plugging in a brain into a plane, for example, would eliminate the time delay and error potential in using muscles to control a joystick. (iHLS)

Ann Arbor startup excites investors with technology that uses brain activity to control software, objects

An old-school request for some show-and-tell — which led to a 14-year-old boy controlling a motorized Lego car with his mind — has led to a commitment of at least $285,000 from a prominent national angel investor group in Neurable Inc., a University of Michigan spinoff that has quickly become the most-talked-about startup on the local tech scene. (Crain's Detroit Business)

Can A Brain-Machine Interface Help Train Your Mind?

Walk into any workout facility and, odds are, you’ll see plenty of people working with a personal fitness trainer. It’s common practice to hire a trainer who can help improve your physical fitness, but is it possible to find a trainer for better mental fitness? Entrepreneur Ariel Garten founded her company, InteraXon, around this very idea. Bolstered by new advances in non-invasive brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) that can help people practice ways to reduce stress and improve cognitive abilities, Garten believes this is just the beginning of a lucrative industry. (Lifeboat News)

Reading Emotions Through Computer Interfaces

Emotions have evolved in humans for the sole purpose of survival. We constantly scan our environment for dangers and chances to satisfy our fundamental needs. Our mind and bodies act in concert through our emotions. What we feel has become so integral to our lives that our perceptions, beliefs and even the initiative to take action depend on it. The most important influence of human emotions is its vital role in establishing communication with other human beings, most especially our loved ones. (Brainblogger)